Reds top prospect who should be off limits: Chase Petty, RHP
It would seem to go without saying that if there's an area of the farm system that needs to go untouched with the trade deadline approaching, it's pitching. The Cincinnati Reds have seen their starting rotation depth tested early and often this season.
While pitchers like Andrew Abbott, Brandon Williamson, and Levi Stoudt have all made their major league debuts this season, the Reds continue to see holes in their starting rotation and the relief corps.
Connor Phillips, Julian Aguiar, and Lyon Richardson have received a ton of publicity this season, but one pitching prospect who seems to hav surprisingly flown under the radar is former Minnesota Twins farmhand Chase Petty.
Petty was acquired from the Twins last spring when the Reds made the decision to trade Sonny Gray to Minnesota. That deal appears to have worked out well for both organizations, as Gray made another All-Star appearance this season, and Petty has excelled in the minor leagues this season.
Chase Petty, unlike many young hurlers, has learned how to do more than just throw the ball at 95-plus mph. According to FanGraphs, Petty owns 28.3-percent strikeout-rate, 6.3-percent walk-rate, 55.2-percent ground ball-rate, and 1.53 ERA. Petty hasn't allowed a ball to leave the yard through nine starts this season.
While Reds fans are eager to "get the pitching" at this year's trade deadline, a young prospect like Chase Petty will provide said pitching. The Cincinnati faithful will just have to be a little patient. Petty should not be on the trade block this summer.